Crafts

Sun Pictures

When Papa stayed home to help me out after my knee surgery, I had to find some projects outside so he could attempt to do some work during the day. A lovely sunny day was perfect for making sun pictures! I got the idea from my Martha Stewart Living magazine last year. We tried it once last summer and it was a lot of fun.

I’m shocked they’re not touching it


Notice the Lego is now smashed


“Don’t touch Eamon!”


The pictures came out VERY well. I loved the effect that happened to the Lego because it was bulkier. There was a great shadow effect. I sent that to Dad for Father’s Day so I don’t have a picture of it.

The axe was moved by a boy’s foot so that one came out weird


We continued the sun theme by planting sunflowers

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Teresa The Enabler

My friend Teresa is the most skilled enabler of craftiness I have ever met. She has a wonderful knack of justifying all manner of yarn purchases and woolly activities. So when the boys and I had her over to dinner a couple of weeks ago I was not surprised (and entirely delighted) that she had brought crafty things for the boys to do. They took one look at the gorgeous white pumpkins she brought them and they knew they had to be a different color. Now, while I love to be crafty with the boys I rarely do it because of the mess and the decibel level to which my voice rises… But this was FUN!

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More paint please!!!

We have also had tons of fun with the Halloween stickers and Eoin and I took ownership of the really cool stained glass painting crafts – a Frankenstein, a vampire, and a pirate, ARR!

Sun Pictures

This summer in Boston has been hot hot hot. What to do when there is a drought and never any clouds? Make sun pictures of course!

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Lay down your special photo paper, then your items (a snake skin and a Big PapiĀ  gold chain), then plexiglass

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Give them a bath in water with a squirt of lemon

Next step: Put them in a large book to get flat then forget which one they’re in and be unable to show the blog…

It Feels Good to Get Crafty

Papa was away again last week, and we were invited to a Memorial Day weekend cookout. I wanted to bring a hostess gift, and a pie, so I stole some time during Eamon’s preferred method of “micro-napping”. It felt good.

Chopping chocolate, with just-etched-with-Armour-Etch Cowboys and Patriots glasses in the background.

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I decided I would try a S’mores Pie I saw in my Martha Stewart Living magazine. I didn’t get a photo of the finished product, but it was tasty!

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This is what “puffed and toasted” looks like

Tiny Feet

About two years ago I painted a step stool and decoupaged the boys footprints on it. It was time for an update…

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Man is it hard to get a baby’s footprints!

Unfortunately I smeared the white paint while trying to smooth out an air bubble during the initial decoupage… I should have let it dry a lot longer! It’s still very cute though of course, and I think the added dirt over time will mask it…

Gel Science

The boys were sad to take down our Halloween gel window clings this season, so I tried to find some nice Thanksgiving ones but was unsuccessful (I was being picky). Then I saw a Pinterest link to making your own window clings. Yay! This was a perfect opportunity to keep up Eoin’s interest in science and messy things.

I love science!

Once we had the solution, Eoin started mixing the colors.

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The solution solidified at an angle, so some of it was too thick and did not work out. Next time I will also reduce the water amount by about half a cup, and I will oil the tray first so the shapes are easier to extract. While it was a bit of a failure, we learned a lot and will definitely do it again.

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Plus leftover gelatin is really fun to squish and play with!

A squishy solid

Halloween Festivities

We kicked off a week of Halloween celebrations with the school Halloween party. Eoin missed it because of his tummy but Conor got in the spirit of things. I manned the craft table and helped the kids make really cute lollipops.

Now imagine this ten minutes later with 100 more kids…

Saturday morning cartoons

Conor had hockey for the first part of the town’s trick or treat event, so Eoin and I checked it out first, with Conor and Papa joining later.

Superman in the old burying ground

Superman at the TV station

Farmor came for some meetings for a couple of days. Snuggles and games alert!

Super snugglers!

I entrusted some Ball-jar-lid pumpkins to her to bring back for David to thank him for his Pumpkin Package. I had seen the idea on Pinterest but I didn’t have orange spray paint, so they had copious layers of paint, and weren’t really the effect I was looking for. I will do something better next year! (I think my friend Teresa’s photo card hopefully made up for it though!!!)

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Next up it was high time we carved the pumpkin, so since we were letting the boys stay up a little later to watch the Patriots we added in some extra difficulty with sharp tools and fire…

A team effort

The next day was one day away from Halloween… I decided spur of the moment, since I had gone out and gotten Eoin a costume that he had FINALLY settled on, that I would make a Diamond Armor Steve (from Minecraft) costume for Conor with some leftover fleece I had. It is very rudimentary but he loves it and frankly it just made me very happy to make something personal for him. He was going to be Batman like last year, then Karen gave him N’s Captain Rex costume which he loved wearing to the school party, but then he got all wishy-washy when Eoin got a new costume… The man didn’t have a clue what he wanted, but I sure did…

Success!

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!!!